26 7 / 2014
I’ve often thought about how sad it is that we don’t have popular women’s publications that are educational and cultural. Men have Esquire and GQ, where fashion tips live next to important think pieces about war and national security. Women’s versions, such as Cosmopolitan and Glamour, aren’t quite the same.
Cosmo’s senior political writer Jill Filipovic writes:
"If your outlet brands itself as a "women’s publication," the automatic assumption is that it’s lowbrow, apolitical, superficial, or all of the above. And there’s certainly plenty of content in traditional women’s magazines and websites that fits the bill.
She goes on to make a very valid point: Hard-hitting journalism isn’t taking seriously in women’s magazines because they also publish sex tips and lists of the best makeup brushes. However, hard-hitting journalism is taken seriously in non-women’s publications, and those organizations often publish similar lists focusing on sex and beauty.
I am very happy to see Cosmo recognizing that sex is both a health issue and a recreational activity. Contraception and women’s healthcare are huge issues right now, and they are providing coverage that some of the best news organizations are ignoring.
There’s no reason why the fall’s best skirts can’t flip the page to a well-reported story on government defense spending. The key is that the pieces must move beyond women’s issues. Women’s issues are super important to publish, but to be taken seriously, there must be pieces on topics other than education, birth control and domestic violence. I enjoy reading stories from Esquire and GQ. No all of them are for me, but every once in awhile, they do great work that crosses gender lines. I want that for female publications.
To be honest, I’ve thought about starting a smart and relevant women’s publication, but friends in the industry, who also recognize the need, have talked me out of it convincing me it would be a hard sell. I’m not so sure about that anymore. Maybe now is the perfect time. Cosmo editors and writers will receive a lot of backlash, but I’m excited to see how the publication progresses. We have your back.
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"Never underestimate the power of being a woman, never underestimate the power of being a Zeta, and never be surprised when greatness is expected of you."
Deb Ensor, the executive director of Zeta Tau Alpha who recently lost her battle with ovarian cancer.
She’s the woman who put us on social probation (more than once) and the one who always made sure our reports were filed on time. Her name may have been met with fear, but she dedicated her life to building a sisterhood I am proud of and grateful for. Thank you for everything, Deb.
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27 5 / 2014
"Very little of value in the world is done by people who are not obnoxious."
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05 5 / 2014
A couple of Sun Sentinel projects have received awards recently.
Our Sex Predators Unleashed project was a finalist in the Multiplatform category of IRE, a finalist in the Sunshine State awards in the online platform category and took first place in the Green Eyeshade Awards in both the Public Service in Online Journalism and Digital Media Presentation categories.
Our Cops, Cash, Cocaine project took the Best of Division (Print), first place in courts and the law reporting and second place in investigative reporting in the Green Eyeshade Awards.
I’m so grateful to have been a part of these wonderful projects!
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